As ever, totally gorgeous Champagne. One whiff and you know this is serious stuff. The aromas of baking brioche, coconut, candied citrus and leather pick up roasted coffee and grilled nuts on the palate. Decanter December 2014 - 19 (96) because it's been blended from 10 differents vintages and 47 differents wines from 25 crus, Krug is a super multi-vintage of its own kind. The extremely tough acidity, together with the heavy rich Krug aromas, are unique. This bottle had a fabulous complex nose on the palate, dominated by nuts and honey. They aftertaste was acidic, long and majestic, like a great symphony.
Joseph Perrier is a small house in terms of Grand Marque champagnes - only 1 million bottles produced a year, and still use some of the traditional champagne making techniques. Their emphasis is on quality and it shows.
Joseph Perrier is a small house in terms of Grand Marque champagnes - only 1 million bottles produced a year, and still use some of the traditional champagne making techniques. Their emphasis is on quality and it shows. Rich fruity style.
A blend of Cognac and juice from red grape varieties, aged for five years in oak casks. A fruity, full-flavoured aperitif to be enjoyed well chilled. Château d'Orignac has won accolades in France and throughout the world. It is made from two-thirds grape must (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) with one-third Cognac and takes almost 10 years to produce, which results in an intense, complex nose of peaches, apricots, honey, almonds and Cognac and an unforgettably smooth texture on the palate.
A delicious zero dosage wine from Ayala, showcasing quality and finesse. (Sugar can hide a multitude of sins, but you shall find neither in your Brut Nature.) Those who find it too austere should pair it with shellfish (oysters especially) or sushi.
Jancis Robinson MW "Well done!" Parker's Wine Advocate "One of Champagne's finest houses, Pol Roger produces among the most consistent ranges of all the Grandes Marques. The style is full-bodied and elegantly fleshy, dominated by Pinot Noir... the maison privileges its NV Brut Réserve - and indeed, while many non-vintage Bruts fluctuate in quality, Pol Roger's "white foil" bottling is both remarkably reliable and long-lived—which ranks as one of the region's best values."
1star Guide Hachette " Pascale Riviere fell in love with the Causse de Montpeyroux where he planted his vineyard. Herehe makes La Pimpanela - "peony" in Occitan - which also means, a cunning and smart girl ... This 2011 plays abig game of seduction: bright garnet colour, nose of cocoa, spice, blackberry jam and blackcurrant bud. Ripe palate, lively and rich, no lack of structure. For a rib of beef and homemade fries.
100% Maccabeu. Jeb Dunnuck writes "shows lots of lime, citrus peel, green herbs and hints of minerality. This is a fresh, crisp, clean white that will function perfectly as a meal starter. Made from Maccabeu and Grenache that saw some barrel aging (all older oak)"
91/100 Wine Advocate "A 50-50 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne, the 2016 Saint Peray comes off limestone soils. Thirty percent was barrel-fermented in new and second use oak, but there’s little overt toast or vanilla here, just honeyed fruit, pineapple and pear flavours on the medium-bodied mid-palate and citrus and chalk dust on the long finish. Drink it over its first 5 years."
To celebrate 185 years of the house, here is the first vintage Rosé made by Joseph Perrier. It is blended from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards and made up of 20% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier and 75% Pinot Noir, incorporating 12% Cumieres Rouge.
CWM: 16.5+ /20 Situated in the Saint-Laurent commune, adjacent to Saint Julien on gravels similar to those in Pauillac. Very good structure and a wine for the long haul. Slightly confected nose, with exotic crème de mure, crème caramel and toasty oak. Ripe fruit, very ripe, punchy tannins, quite alcoholic but with sufficient acidity. Long, juicy and impressive. Drink 2020-2029
Massive points scorer with 95 points Decanter, 94 from Wine Advocate and 5stars from Livingstone-Learmonth, one of the best wines of the vintage. "Shiny, deep red robe. Beef stock, red meat airs circulate on the nose, with a tight aroma of raspberry and blackberry behind. It’s as tight as a drum. The palate is muscular, bears intense dark berry fruit, mulberry and loganberry, and really hits the line running. Impressive, delightful Cornas here. It has very good heart and profound length, is a winner. The balance and freshness are both on the money."
90-92 points Wine Advocate "The 2017 Kaya Blanc is equal parts Carignan Blanc, Carignan Gris, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris, half aged in tank and half in barrel. Bright, clean notes of orange and lime zest mark the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and round, balanced by brine and zest notes on the lengthy finish.
90 points Wine Advocate A selection of different parcels of 50 year old Grenache Noir grown on hillsides of schist soils. After some fermentation the wine is fortified and aged in large used barrels. It offers lots of sweetness in its cassis and blackberry fruits, sugared plum and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, nicely balanced and clean, it is ideal for drinking over the coming 3-4 years.
Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay make up the balance of this exceptional sparkling white wine. As the owners of Raymond Morin say, the grapes of Loire Valley are ideally suited to “take the bubble”. Made in the traditional method by secondary fermentation in bottle and aged on lees for three years minimum, this is a remarkably good value wine. Fruity aromas from the Cabernet Franc, body from the Chardonnay, and persistent acidity from the Chenin Blanc. What more could you want? There’s a clear reason why it’s our ‘preference’ at CWM.
From a single vineyard of 85% Mourvèdre and15% Syrah. 20% of the wine is aged in oak. There is dry leathery spice on the nose with a subtle spicy palate with some balancing tannins and bags of black fruit.
17 points Jancis Robinson "The first hit off the nose is an unexpectedly Cabernet Franc-like sharpened-pencil note, followed swiftly by the lift of wood varnish. Then it settles into something deeper, more brambly, crushed wild berries and that sweet-earthy-decay scent of old autumn leaves kicked up in the cold wet months of February. Mushroom. Rough-hewn tannins curling loosely around dried fruit and juniper-perfumed gaminess. Orange-citrus acidity fills the mouth, hinting at plums and Christmas, and then wanes, leaving tendrils of wood smoke, black tea leaf and dry spices. Roussillon in a glass. "
Made from Grenache Blanc this Vin doux naturel bears some relation to the better known sweet white Muscat de Rivesaltes, but with less floral and more citrus nose and more complex palate. Great dessert wine with tasrte tatin
Slight copper hue, spicy, ripe fruit, crème brulée, full-flavoured but delicate & charming. Fine persistent mousse. Totally enjoyable and quite typical of the black-grape dominated Montagne de Reims style.